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Encyclopedia > NWA World Heavyweight Championship
NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Details
Current
champion(s)
Adam Pearce
Date won September 1, 2007
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance
Date created 1948
Past design(s)

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With many "territories" appearing across the United States, the NWA was formed in 1948 as an overall governing wrestling body. Like franchises, these territories had the option of NWA membership. The promotion owners had to recognize the NWA heavyweight, junior heavyweight, and light heavyweight champions as world champions while retaining their own ownership and top champion. Currently under the direct control of the National Wrestling Alliance, the title has served as the centerpiece for other mainstream wrestling promotions in the past, including World Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ...

Contents

History

Early controversy

Every year, the NWA World Champion would travel to each territory and defend the title against the territories' top contender or champion. The purpose of the world champion was to make the top contender look good and still hold the title. The NWA Board of Directors, comprised mostly of territory owners, decided when the title changed hands via a vote. The former champion, however, usually regained the title days to weeks later. With controversy of Lou Thesz not dropping the title, Verne Gagne protested by withdrawing his American Wrestling Association from the NWA and declaring the AWA Championship a world title. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Verne Gagne (born February 26, 1926) is a former professional wrestler, trainer and wrestling promoter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Gagne's withdrawal was a forerunner to the World Wide Wrestling Federation (which eventually became the World Wrestling Federation, and, later, World Wrestling Entertainment) and Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW) pulling out years later. The WWWF left the NWA over "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers losing the NWA World title to Lou Thesz in one fall instead of a best-of-three — the format in which NWA World title matches were decided at the time. Vincent J. McMahon's territory refused to recognize Thesz as World champion and left the NWA. McMahon continued to recognize Rogers as champion and named Rogers the first WWWF World Heavyweight Champion by awarding him the title, though the formation of the WWWF was brokered through the NWA itself. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... For other persons named Ted Turner, see Ted Turner (disambiguation). ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Nature Boy Buddy Rogers (born Herman C. Rohde Jr. ... This article is about Vincent J. McMahon, the former wrestling promoter. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


1980s

When Ric Flair won the NWA World title in 1981, he traveled to other NWA territories and defended the belt. He would drop the belt and regain it, as the NWA Board of Directors decided. Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ...


As the 1980s drew to a close, Jim Crockett Promotions (the main NWA territory) made a failed bid to go national and almost filed for bankruptcy. Spending money it did not have, it failed keeping up with the WWF. Ted Turner purchased the company, because it was a high rated program on his WTBS cable station. Completing the deal in 1989, Turner began changing the company to his WCW vision. WCW stayed in the NWA, but Turner slowly phased out the NWA name. The NWA organization existed only on paper at this point; on television it was portrayed that the NWA World Heavyweight Championship simply became the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Jim Crockett Promotions was the name of a professional wrestling promotion owned by Jim Crockett, Jr. ... WTBS is an American TV station, broadcast on channel 17 (DTV channel 20) in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling. ...


1990s

Due to a falling out with WCW Executive Vice-President Jim Herd, Flair was fired from WCW in 1991 while still being recognized as the champion. Flair took the NWA belt with him, because it was his belt (It was a design JCP had ordered for him in 1985, when he started displaying it), as well the fact that WCW and Herd had the $25,000 bond Flair had paid on it. (See The $25,000 deposit below) A match was held for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship within two weeks of the departure, but no mention was made of the NWA title. Flair was stripped of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship by the NWA Board of Directors shortly after he signed with the WWF in September 1991; a board had been reconstituted, as most members had gone out of business or been bought out by JCP/WCW. Flair displayed the "Big Gold Belt" on WWF television, calling himself the "Real World Heavyweight Champion." After winning the WWF Championship, the "Real World Heavyweight Champion" angle was dropped. WCW, which had subsequently filed a lawsuit against the WWF to prevent them from using the "Big Gold Belt" on television, eventually reached an agreement to buy the "Big Gold Belt" back. Ric Flair was paid his $25,000 initial deposit for the NWA title, plus interest, totalling $38,000. The belt was then returned to WCW. Jim Herd Jim Herd was the Executive Vice-President of World Championship Wrestling from 1989 to 1992, following Turner Broadcastings acquisition of the NWA-affiliated Jim Crockett Promotions in 1988. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...


WCW withdraws

During Flair's departure from WCW, the company had made a new WCW World title belt. After a year hiatus, the NWA board authorized WCW and New Japan to hold a tournament for the vacant title. The NWA held a tournament to decide a new NWA World Champion using the Big Gold Belt, now owned by WCW. Turner's company still maintained its WCW World Championship, thus having two World Heavyweight titles present in the same promotion. The tournament was won by Japanese wrestler Masahiro Chono. From 1992 to 1993, the NWA belt was defended in Japan and on WCW television. Flair returned to WCW and regained the belt from Barry Windham. Disputes between WCW management and the NWA Board reached the breaking point in the summer of 1993 over a variety of issues, not the least of which was a storyline by WCW to have the title switched to Rick Rude. Career Masahiro Chono (born September 17, 1963 in Mitaka, Tokyo) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Barry Windham (born July 4, 1960, Sweetwater, Texas) is a professional wrestler and the son of the infamous heel wrestler Blackjack Mulligan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In September of 1993, WCW withdrew their membership from the NWA but kept the title belt which they owned. A court battle decided that WCW could not continue to use the letters NWA to describe or promote the belt, but it did possess a right to the physical title belt and its historical lineage by a goodwill agreement between prior boards of directors and WCW (and its prior incarnation Jim Crockett Promotions). Per this ruling, the title belt dropped the recognition as being the NWA World Heavyweight title but continued to be billed as the World Heavyweight Championship by WCW. Soon after, the Big Gold Belt was defended without any company affiliation, even being referred to as the Big Gold Belt for a short time, until it became known as the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. This title was recognized as the championship of a fictitious entity known as WCW International, which was actually a parody of the NWA Board itself and was meant as a jab at the cabal of promoters who had tried to dictate terms to WCW. For the NWA International championship now part of the AJPW Triple Crown Championship, see NWA International Heavyweight Championship. ...


Despite losing WCW as its flagship program, the NWA picked up new members and remained in existence as a legal entity. After nearly a year, the organization scheduled a tournament to crown a new champion, and brought back the "Domed Globe" belt from the '70s to early '80s—to represent this new champion. By this time, the NWA was stripped of world title status by Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine, considered the gold standard of world title status. Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ...


The beginning of Extreme Championship Wrestling

NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) became the most televised wrestling show still within the NWA, hence the vacated title and the tournament for it was held at the ECW Arena in 1994 and won by ECW Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas. (At the time, the ECW title was considered a regional title) Shane Douglas appeared proud to become NWA World Heavyweight Champion, until he turned and threw the belt down and started slandering the NWA, then picked up the ECW Heavyweight title and proclaimed himself ECW World Heavyweight Champion. Douglas was still recognized as NWA Champion until ECW withdrew from the NWA, where he was officially stripped of the NWA title. In the 2005, ECW documentary Forever Hardcore, Shane Douglas claimed that part of the reason that he decided to toss down the NWA World belt was because of derogatory and slanderous comments that then NWA head Dennis Coralluzzo had allegedly been making regarding Shane's professionalism. This article is about the independent promotion from 1992-2001. ... The New Alhambra Arena. ... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Forever Hardcore is a professional wrestling documentary DVD that interviews wrestlers who participated in Hardcore Homecoming on June 10, 2005. ...


The Dan Severn era

Despite this blow to the organization, the NWA held another tournament in late 1994; in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey hosted by promoter Dennis Coralluzzo. This tournament was won by Chris Candido and the title soon was recognized and defended in such independent promotions as Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling and the United States Wrestling Association. Holding the belt for a few months, he dropped the belt to Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) Dan "The Beast" Severn. Cherry Hill Township is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, in the United States. ... Chris Candito (March 21, 1972 – April 28, 2005), better known by his ring names, Chris Candido and Skip, was an American professional wrestler best known for his participation in the World Wrestling Federation tag team known as The Bodydonnas with Zip, and his girlfriend and valet Sunny. ... Smoky Mountain Wrestling Logo Smoky Mountain Wrestling was an organization staging professional wrestling in the Appalachian area of the United States from October 1991 to December 1995, when it was run by Jim Cornette. ... The United States Wrestling Association or USWA was a professional wrestling promotional organization based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... This article covers the organization itself. ... Daniel The Beast Severn (born June 8, 1958 in Coldwater, Michigan) is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, notable for his success in the early years of Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments. ...


Severn held the belt continuously for four years, but only made sporadic defenses due to his UFC commitments. Although Severn had attempted to go the "traveling champion" route done by former champions Thesz, Dory Funk Jr., Race, and Terry Funk, the competition level was relatively minor due to the lack of strong territories. In the late 1990s, Severn became part of Cornette's NWA faction in the WWF. Trying to get back in the national spotlight, the NWA made a deal with Vince McMahon Jr. to appear on WWF television. Part of Cornette's NWA stable was NWA North American Champion Jeff Jarrett, winning the vacant title by defeating Barry Windham on Monday Night RAW. The NWA's deal with the WWF never accomplished its intended purpose and McMahon ended it. The NWA belt went back to being defended on the independent circuit and remaining NWA territories. WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ...


In 1999, Severn lost the title to former Olympic judoka Naoya Ogawa, and the title picture became slightly more competitive. The champions nonetheless remained wrestlers from independents, regardless of whether they were from North America (Severn, Mike Rapada, Sabu), Asia (Ogawa, Shinya Hashimoto), or Europe (Gary Steele). The situation continued until early 2002, when Severn was able to regain the title from Hashimoto in Japan. Naoya Ogawa (小川直也 Ogawa Naoya) is a professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter from Japan. ... Michael Rapada (born August 28) best known as The Colorado Kid Mike Rapada is an American professional wrestler. ... Terry Michael Brunk (December 12, 1964) better known by his ring name Sabu, is an American professional wrestler from Staten Island, New York. ... Shinya Hashimoto (July 3, 1965 - July 11, 2005), was a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Gary Steele is an British professional wrestler who has competed in European and North American promotions and has been a popular longtime mainstay of NWA UK Hammerlock since the mid-1990s. ...


2000s

In 2002, Jeff and Jerry Jarrett formed NWA Total Nonstop Action (NWA TNA). The Jarretts worked out a licensing deal with the NWA and affiliated their promotion with the NWA World Heavyweight and Tag Team titles. While working out a cable deal, the Jarretts put NWA TNA on weekly pay-per-view. Because of a conflicting booking with a mixed martial arts card, the NWA champion at the time, Dan Severn, was unable to appear on the inaugural TNA card, and he was stripped of the NWA belt. A unique type of battle royal was held to fill the title's vacancy. Ken Shamrock won the match and was declared the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. For the former Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, see Jeffrey D. Jarrett. ... Jerry W. Jarrett (born September 4, 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American promoter and professional wrestler, and the father of wrestler Jeff Jarrett. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... Ken Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick on February 11, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ...


TNA withdraws

In 2004, TNA, now known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, withdrew from the NWA, but retained the rights to use the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and NWA World Tag Team Championship on their shows. TNA could use the titles any way they saw fit while not incurring the rule of the NWA Board of Directors. While these titles were still defended in several NWA territories and feds, they were exclusive to TNA. Because of TNA's success on Spike TV, Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) (as of the August 2006 issue) re-instated "world title status" back to both Heavyweight and Tag Team belts. The agreement ended on May 13, 2007 with the NWA stripping the TNA-crowned champions of their titles. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Tag Team Championship is the premier tag team title in the NWA. There have been several versions of this title, but the title recognized by the NWA is the version that was recently defended primarily in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ... is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


After TNA - "Reclaiming the Glory"

On May 22, 2007, the NWA announced through a statement on their official website, and through a video posted on YouTube, a tournament, entitled Reclaiming the Glory, to fill the title vacancy left after the end of the NWA's relationship with TNA Wrestling. 16 men competed for the championship, with Adam Pearce finally winning the belt on September 1, 2007. Pearce has been active in defending the championship, but suffers from the same problems that have plagued the "new" NWA in the past. A lack of stable promotions within the NWA makes it difficult to have a traveling champion, so most of Pearce's defenses have taken place in the NWA Pro promotion owned by David Marquez and John Rivera. NWA Pro promotes hybrid American/Lucha style arena events (notably in Texas and Las Vegas), and draw reasonably well, topping 3,000 several times in various areas. Pearce's main foil has been Sean "XPac" Waltman, and the two have wrestled numerous times over the title. is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ... Scrap Iron Adam Pearce (born June 24, 1978), is an American professional wrestler. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


The $25,000 deposit

During the glory days of the NWA, the NWA World Heavyweight Champion was required to place a US$25,000 security deposit to the NWA treasurer to ensure that the champion did not leave the NWA with the belt. When the champion lost the title, the deposit was returned, plus any interest that has accumulated over time. There were a few exceptions where Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes declined their deposit whenever they dropped the title because they knew that they were going to get the belt back in the future. Another was following Flair's firing from WCW in June 1991 when the company refused to return the deposit and Flair kept the belt before eventually bought back by WCW. (See 1990s above) USD redirects here. ... For other senses of this word, see interest (disambiguation). ... Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ... Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. ...


Current champion

The current champion is Adam Pearce, who is in his first reign. He defeated Brent Albright on September 1, 2007 in the finals of the "Reclaiming the Glory" tournament at an International Wrestling Association event in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Pearce replaced an injured Bryan Danielson, who was originally scheduled to face Albright in the finals. Scrap Iron Adam Pearce (born June 24, 1978), is an American professional wrestler. ... Brent Alan Albright (born November 28, 1978 in Louisiana) is an American professional wrestler, currently working for Ring of Honor. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... International Wrestling Associations logo The International Wrestling Association (IWA) is a wrestling promotion in Puerto Rico. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Bryan Danielson (born May 22, 1981 in Aberdeen, Washington)[1] is an American independent professional wrestler, known as the American Dragon. ...


See also

The NWA World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title. ... As of October 24, 2007. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ...

External links

  • Official NWA World Heavyweight Title History (Based on Wrestling-Titles.com)
  • Wrestling-Titles.com - NWA World Heavyweight Title History
  • Official announcement of the end of NWA ties with TNA
  • The NWA's website announcement of the Reclaiming the Glory tournament and bracket
  • The NWA's official video announcement of the tournament and pairings
  • CygyWrestling.com - NWA World Heavyweight Title History

  Results from FactBites:
 
NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Information From Answers.com (2068 words)
From 1992 to 1993, the NWA belt was defended in Japan and on WCW television.
Disputes between WCW management and the NWA Board reached the breaking point in the summer of 1993 over a variety of issues, not the least of which was a storyline by WCW to have the title switched to Rick Rude.
NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling became the most televised wrestling show still within the National Wrestling Alliance, hence the vacated title and the tournament for it was held at the ECW Arena in 1994 and won by ECW Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas.
World Heavyweight Championship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1226 words)
The belt was unified with the WWE Championship in 2001.
It was unified with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
The Omaha version of the World Heavyweight Championship was unified with the AWA World Heavyweight Championship on September 7, 1963.
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